Challenges in PhD Studies: The Case of a Science Student

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PhD students have to take responsibility managing their own learning and getting a PhD. They are also responsible for determining what is required as well as for carrying it out, and must always keep in touch in regular meetings with the supervisor. The student is the main person responsible for his/her PhD research. Doing a PhD clearly indicates that this is a student’s own research and work. The actual research to be reported used the case study method. Three Malaysian PhD students from three major disciplines of study, arts, science and social science, were interviewed in depth several times within a year. However only one case study which focusing on Science discipline will be presented in this article in order to achieve a better understanding of the story. All three case studies would make the present article too long. The objective of this research is to provide better guidelines for effective roles of a PhD Science student especially the foreign student. As a result, the research had developed the best effective roles in order for students to success in their study.


Keywords: Foreign Student, Overseas, Doctoral Study, Research Student, Role, Supervision, University
Stream: Education and Social Welfare
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: , , Challenges in PhD Studies


Dr. Norhasni Zainal Abiddin

Department of Professional Development and Continuing Education 
Faculty of Educational Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia

Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Norhasni Zainal Abiddin is a lecturer at the Faculty of Educational Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia. She teaches graduate and undergraduate programs in the field of Human Resource Development. Her primary area of expertise is supervision, and her special interests include Mentoring, Coaching, Research Degree Education and Higher Education.

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